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Brief description of site

Mamhead consists of 18th-century parkland and woodland covering about 400 hectares, now in divided use and ownership. There are the remains of 19th-century formal gardens beside the house.

Brief history of site

Sir Peter Balle (a noted sylviculturist, died 1680) rebuilt an existing house near the parish church in the mid-17th century. The early- and mid-18th-century gardens are shown in a painting of about 1780, and were formal, with terraces, fountains and pools. In 1769 Robert Adam provided plans for the improvement of the house and alteration of a cascade house, which appear to have been implemented, while in 1778 the grounds were improved with the advice of Lancelot Brown. A new mansion designed by Anthony Salvin was built from 1828.

Location information:

Address: Mamhead, Dawlish, Devon, EX 6 8HD

Locality: Teignbridge

Local Authorities:

Devon; Teignbridge; Mamhead

Historical County: Devon

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 192 Grid Ref: SX930811
Latitude: 50.6198 Longitude: -3.5139


5 kilometres north-west of Dawlish

Key information:

Form of site: country estate

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: commercial office

Site first created: 1650 to 1828

Main period of development: 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 166

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